Weathervane is a site-specific work by dancers/choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in collaboration with composer/violist Eyvind Kang and vocalist Jessika Kenney. Mitchell and Riener describe the piece as, "Our work for Wellesley will explore forms of improvisation in dialogue with the music of Eyvind and Jessika. In Weathervane we are investigating weather patterns as spatial organizers, and are looking at different ways of exploring forces acting on bodies. We intend to create a dialogue between the time, the space, the music and the motion we create, in a complex layered hierarchy that devolves and shifts continuously. Eyvind and collaborator Jessica Kenney will be in the space with us, interacting as presences, or forces in their own right. Eyvind will be using techniques of spatialization for the soundscape, and we will react to and be transformed by the sound, much as a sailor lost at sea is pulled towards the seductive Sirens call. Or as ships and planes now navigate using highly tuned instruments to avoid storms. The work will be inherently reactive, taking into itself all information around it, and spinning it out in turn. At Tishman Commons the interior world separates from the frost and snow by glass, but is still visible, the separation giving a glimpse of something in between.”
Premiere: March 3, 2012 at Wellesley College
Performances: March 1, 2013 at Skirball Center
Choreography: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
Music: Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney
"'Weathervane' tilts in a meld of sound, movement" Boston Globe. Thea Singer
"Time Marches On" The Performance Club. Claudia La Rocco.